Conservation Finance Toolkit

The Conservation Finance Toolkit is a resource explaining tools and techniques available to conservation finance practitioners. Tools covered vary from the simple to the complex. Each writeup contains an example of the technique in practice.  

We encourage your questions, feedback and thoughts on concepts that we currently cover or could include in this toolkit.

Larch trees in forest

Ballot Measures

This article by Nathalie Woolworth and Hazel Wong is part of the Conservation Finance Network Toolkit, a resource designed for professionals who want to learn or communicate about the industry. Ballot measures, also known as initiatives or propositions, are instruments of direct democracy that allow voters to directly shape public...
Rural skipper insect in San Luis Obispo

Seller Financing

This article by Mark A. Perelman is part of the Conservation Finance Network Toolkit, a resource designed for professionals who want to learn or communicate about the industry. Seller financing allows current owners to enable their dreams to continue beyond their ownership.
Birch trees in forest

Bridge Financing

This article by Abby Martin and Reggie Hall is part of the Conservation Finance Network Toolkit, a resource designed for professionals who want to learn or communicate about the industry. Those considering conservation loans should carefully evaluate their preparedness and be open to the possibility that this may not be...
This photo was taken on Upper St. John River in Maine.  (Credit: Mark Berry)

Forest Carbon Offsets

This article by Paula Chamas and Mark Berry is part of the Conservation Finance Network Toolkit, a resource designed for professionals who want to learn or communicate about the industry. Carbon stored in forests has become a great opportunity for conservation-minded landowners to obtain an additional stream of revenue.
Wayne National Forest

Wayne National Forest in Ohio / Dan Keck

Pay-for-Success Financing

Traditionally, conservation efforts raise funding for projects and actions in the hope that those activities will result in desired outcomes. This Toolkit explores Pay-for-success financing, an alternative approach. This model ties funding for conservation to project outcomes, incentivizing the achievement of objectives and shifting risk away from public agencies and...

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